This is a piece on the self preservation instinct and its eventual futility due to the inescapable nature of death.
A bird reaches towards a key to unlock a padlock on its leg. As the bird flies towards the key, the chain is pulled and the key moves further away.
There is a bit of slack in the part of the chain resting on the floor, giving hope that the key might be reachable after all.
Unfortunately, even if the bird could ever reach the key, it is stuck in a room with neither doors nor windows. Other than the chain, the lock and the key, the room is empty.
No matter what the creature attempts to achieve, it would eventually die of starvation or thirst.
The true message of the piece is intentionally unclear and left open to your interpretation. I’d love to hear what you think of it and thank you for reading!
You might have seen photocopies of these paintings from my last post, stuck into my sketchbook. In these paintings, I’ve tried to further develop my painting skills on a small scale. The canvases used for these paintings are approximately 10 x 10 cm, with a depth of 2.5 cm. Below is my very first self portrait using acrylics, loosely inspired by Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’. Following that painting is a small scene that takes inspiration from a German legend about a man called Faust who sold his soul.
I may be good at landscapes and abstract paintings on such a size, but I haven’t had much practice with portraiture and figurative drawing until now. I’d love to know what you think of my recent paintings. Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated, and thanks for reading!
“Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings…”
- the Walrus from ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ by Lewis Carroll.
A lot has happened in the last month.
- In my fine art course, I’ve been studying and memorizing about 60 images (which means learning the works of art, their artists and the image’s backgrounds) for a slide test, working hard to meet assessment deadlines and completed an essay on AWN Pugin and his views on architecture.
- I’ve met an amazingly wonderful girl called Eve, who is also an aspiring artist. :-) <3
- The kittens now have names; ‘Millie’ and ‘Sebastian’ and are growing into very happy, hyper cats.
- As a result of having cats in the house my whole family (myself included) has contracted ringworm, which is very itchy!
Most of the work we have done as students at the college are exploratory, and that there are very few finished works of art. There’s a lot of stuff involving sketchbooks and note taking. I’ve found it strange that for all the work we do as students, it seems to amount to very little actual art, although that will probably change in the second semester. Anyhow, assessments are taking place next week, so I won’t be able to show you most of my works until next Friday or the Monday that follows it. However, I do have a few scanned images of pages from one of my sketchbooks before I handed it up, which you can see below:
During my first semester, I believe that I’m already starting to develop my ideas and I’m much more sure and confident about the sort of artwork I want to produce. In my personal artwork, I think I am forming two main subject matters:
- the first being work concerning my Tweedles,
- the second being an exploration of themes, including immortality, demons, angels and the supernatural.
It’s been an insightful and illuminating few months and I’m really enjoying myself at art college! As we now approach the middle of December, I want to wish all of you the happiest of holidays as Christmas approaches! Thank you for reading!
This year I improved the costume I had last year and went as the Mad Hatter (again).
Below; the hat is the finished version of the one I posted a while ago and there is also my own attempt at making a tailcoat.
I tried to take a photo of myself in costume using a mirror, but the lighting in the photo below wasn’t very good. I tried to fix it when I uploaded it but couldn’t fix it properly, however I kept the resulting picture because it looked fairly spooky anyway!
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!
In college over the last few weeks we’ve been experimenting with techniques, without focusing on creating a finished product. I would post them… but they are under assessment now, so when I get the chance, I’ll put them up on this blog. With Halloween approaching, I’ve been working on a costume… which will also appear on this blog soon. (Probably around the time of Halloween) But today, I wanted to show you some pictures of the two newest members of the family:
The kitten on the left is called Millie, but the grey doesn’t have a name yet.
What do you think this cat’s name should be?
Here is the other film for my multimedia class using Final Cut Pro 10. Like the last film, the footage, frames and music is all my own. Unfortunately it has come up much lighter than it was originally. Everything else seems to be the same as when I made it.
This piece is titled “Birth of a Tweedle” and is about 2 to 3 minutes long. Enjoy!
It took me a while to get this film up here. My college uses Mac while my laptop is PC. And I’m completely new to Mac computers!
I made this film in college using Final Cut Pro 10. It took about 5 hours to make. I’d like to thank my friend Bartorz for starring as the man in the film. The music is my own and can be found here.
This is my first short film, made as part of my multimedia elective in Crawford. I’m fairly new to video editing, so please let me know if you thought; was it good or bad, what could be improved upon and what worked. I hope you liked it!!
I’ve just had my first few days of college. It’s all a bit scary and new to me, but I think I’ll be fine here after a while. On Monday and Tuesday we had an introduction to our theory classes. The remainder of the week is for studio work, and for that we’ve been doing some observational drawing.
The drawings below are from today and yesterday; the first one is a charcoal and pencil drawing, and the second is a pen and ink drawing with graphite pencils. Both pictures were created on A1 sheets.
Below is the watch featured in the drawings. For a sense of scale, I traced around my hand in the second picture.
I also drew a view of the watch through a pocket microscope in the second sheet, although I’m not sure how visible it is on the computer screen. I hope you like my drawings and stay tuned for more artwork next week!
I’ve just finished moving into Cork now and have now got wifi access so I can finally post this post!
I thought that, since I’m beginning a new art course, I’d look at the evolution of my artwork on this blog from the beginning of its creation up until now.
My very first post was about a stencil I made of the local church, which I sponged watercolour paints onto. The finishing touches were painted by hand without the stencil.
I continued to use watercolours, using scraps of card to make bookmarks that I used to practice and improve my skills…
Below are a few of these bookmarks I created with watercolours:
When I was more confident in my skills, I started painting with acrylics on small canvas:
During the Leaving Cert. Exam years, when I had a break from studying I started to doodle. These doodles quickly turned into drawings, and they resulted in a series of A4 pencil drawings.
From one of those pencil drawings came the idea for a mechanical creature that has stuck with me up to the present day – Tweedles. I focuses mainly on them and, virtually obsessed with them, made a lot of artwork that featured Tweedles.
They were the main subject for my PLC course artwork as I converted them from pencil to print, from print to painting and even began to make physical life-sized Tweedle sculptures:
Although I do intend to keep making Tweedle-orientated artwork, I think during my 4 year Fine Art course at Crawford I will experiment with new ideas and techniques, moving away from Tweedles a bit to explore new themes.
I’d like to thank everyone who’s viewed, commented, followed or liked anything on this blog as we celebrate 100 posts.
Keeping this blog has allowed me to keep track of my artwork and its progress, and all the support I’ve had from you guys has been very beneficial in my creative process, and has helped me understand my own artwork from new perspectives.
Thank you very much for reading!
Now that I’ve secured a place in Crawford College of Art and Design, I’m busy getting ready to move to Cork, finding art supplies and sorting out all the stuff associated with college life. Since I’m currently focused on the move back into Cork, I won’t be posting much artwork until I’m settled into my new college. I will try to post something each week, but my schedule might be a little more erratic.
Anyhow, today I thought I’d share with you a photo of the 17th Tweedle.
When I make my Tweedle sculptures, I always make them in ‘generations’ of 8 Tweedles each. This one, however, I created a while ago for a dear friend’s birthday.
It’s the only one to date that has not belonged to a generation. It’s also the only one to possess a miniature metal fan and have it’s own personalized blue-jay feather.
When I was creating it, I perceived it as an experimentation into how Tweedles might decorate themselves, mimicking the way their human masters cloth themselves. I also wanted to capture the sort of playfulness that Tweedles develop over time.
I hope you like this sculpture, and thanks for reading!
Apart from commissions, I’ve been taking more of a break from art as I’ll be going onto Crawford College of Art and Design in September. I’ve received the acceptance email from the CAO a few days ago, so I know for certain that they’ve accepted me into the college!
I did these Tweedle pictures a few days ago. They are quick pen and ink drawings about the size of playing cards, framed messily by their burnt edges. Below that, I’ve also posted some needle-felt cogs that I made in my combined materials class in the early stages of my PLC course (which I completely forgot to post about until now!). Enjoy!
A few days ago I was commissioned by a new local cafe called Pyro to put up some decorative sculptures and to create a piece for their wall.
After putting up some sculptures (you can see them in my last post) I was asked to create a piece for their wall. With the Tweedle sculptures put up, I decided that something that combined the Tweedles and the cafe would be good. The following drawing was the result:
The work is based on the unique lights the cafe has (seen below), and was created in a similar way to my skulls, digitally creating the image then using manga pens to trace the image.
Pyro is a small cafe/takeaway that sells pizzas, pasta and desserts. I’d definitely recommend the place if you’re in the Kenmare locality. The owners are very friendly, and the pizzas are all freshly baked almost entirely in front of you.
This concludes my dual posts for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest artwork and thanks for reading!